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Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave
Hill, Laban Carrick (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dave the Potter


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To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.
Authors: Hill, Laban Carrick
Title: Dave the potter
artist, poet, slave
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: [40] p. (some folded) :,col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm.
Notes: The story of Dave, an African American slave who lived in South Carolina, who was a talented potter and poet.
Awards & Distinctions: Caldecott Honor Book, 2011.
Additional Contributors: Collier, Bryan
ISBN: 9780316107310
031610731X
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Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not bad , kinda interesting

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nonfiction picture book biography of the work of Dave the Potter, enslaved artisan know for inscribing his pots; would be unknown if the works had not been found archeologically. Saw one on Antique RoadShow! Beautifully written, rich poetic language, with type and art work enhancing the book by mimicking the slip and glaze of pottery. well, well done. Biographical notes at back. Nonfiction picture book for many ages. Paired well with Action Jackon by Greenberg and Jordan.

Report This Mar 18, 2012
  • Artful rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just look at the cover to see why this 2011 Caldecott Honor Book grabs children's attention: the strong and beautiful painting appeals to children's love of getting their own hands in the clay while introducing them to the compelling figure of Dave--an early American artist, poet, and slave. I use the book to help students learn about the full process of ceramics--from digging the clay to the final firing. The end pages tell what is known of Dave's extant pots and the poetry he wrote on some of them. I wish there had been a brief glossary of ceramic terms (I'm not sure children will understand the role of a "pug mill" in the story or in ceramics, for instance)--but that's a small quibble.

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